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JDB 079: Can Lawyers Really Get Clients through Social Media?

For many lawyers the whole concept of social media is just a big waste to time. And it can be. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ social media is a guilty pleasure for most, but can it actually be a...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the...more

Social Media Compliance Policies: Your Company Needs One

Use of social media is ubiquitous in today's society. This is astounding when you think back to 2004 and realize that social media did not exist then. Fast forward ten years and by September 2014, 58% of all American adults...more

Coordinated Hackers Infiltrate 200 Targeted Employees’ LinkedIn Networks

Cybersecurity researchers at the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (“Dell CTU”) uncovered a network of approximately 25 fake LinkedIn profiles that Dell CTU believes were used by an Iran-linked hacker group to establish at...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #3

Last week was a tough one for Uber, an exemplar of the “sharing economy.” Multiple lawsuits against the company are focused on the status of drivers as employees or independent contractors, and now the Oregon Bureau of Labor...more

Social Media Is the Kardashians of E-Discovery

Now that Taylor Swift has supplanted Kim Kardashian West as the queen of Instagram with 50.6 million followers, will people stop talking about her and the rest of the Kardashian clan? Of course not. As of October 2015, Kim...more

“Like” it or Not? Tips for Addressing Employee Social Media Use

At first, employee social media use sounds like a matter of common sense. Candidates for a job should be careful what they post on social media sites, and make sure they’re not sharing any unsavory details about their past...more

Social Media Brings the Right of Publicity to the Masses

Do you consider yourself famous? If the answer is no, then you have likely never been concerned with the invasion of your right of publicity. The right of publicity is the right of a person in his or her identity—name or...more

When HR Meets Law: Social Media in Recruitment

(Chinese & English version) In recruitment,the use of personal information collected via social media platform may create risks of discrimination and privacy invasion. With the revolution of information technology,...more

Corporate Journalism: A catalyst for better story telling

I am continuously amused by all the hubbub around content marketing. Because while that phrase may be new, the truth is that marketing has always been about content. What’s changed, of course, is the delivery, as the digital...more

Breaking LinkedIn News: Who’s Ready For Business Chat?

LinkedIn just announced what I think is a smart, long overdue messaging and chat feature that will help users communicate faster and more efficiently. If you’ve ever tried to go into your LinkedIn “email” box to send and...more

The e-Workplace: Balancing Employer and Employee Rights

Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. YouTube. Blogs. Email. Texts. Social media and the “E-Workplace” have become a fact of life for all employers. Companies have learned that these social media sites can be powerful marketing tools,...more

Social Media Week Part V – Tools and Apps for the Compliance Practitioner

To conclude this week’s posts, I wanted to list some of the more prevalent social media tools, explain what they are and how you might use them in a compliance program. (As usual I got carried away so this series will...more

You’d Better Export Your LinkedIn Contacts Now

You might already know this, but you have the ability to export your LinkedIn contacts. Kind of. I mean, you used to. Well, you can for a while. Alright, not really. Well, you can, but you’d better hurry....more

Oh, the Humanity. Why Real, Live Editors are Making a Comeback

I’m not sure where they—or we, I suppose—went off to, but the consensus seems to be that, as Julia Greenberg wrote in Wired, “humans are making a comeback.” The headline on that article, “LinkedIn Brings Back Human...more

Lawyers, It’s Time To Stack The Deck In Your Favor

Do you know anyone like this? They question the need for marketing because they know their clients come from referrals. Their clients tell them regularly that they asked several of their colleagues who they recommend...more

Demanding Access To Social Media And Personal Information - Is It Legal?

Employers, both public and private, are using social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, to learn about prospective or current employees. Some employers have even gone so far as to request that...more

Advertising Law - July 2015

Try, Try Again: Lawmakers Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - A group of federal lawmakers reintroduced the Do Not Track Kids Act, a bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), with some changes...more

Magistrate Judge Rules LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Does Not Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act

As we discussed in a previous post, a class action lawsuit (Sweet, et al. v. LinkedIn) was filed last year against LinkedIn in California based on allegations that the reference reports LinkedIn generates for premium...more

LinkedIn settles class action suit

Last week, LinkedIn agreed to pay $13 million and change some of the site’s features to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it in 2013 alleging that it used the Add Connections feature to access users’ email contacts...more

A Fundamental Misunderstanding

“Does your firm use social media?” “Oh yeah, our marketing department takes care of all social media.” This is a common reply among law firms and shows a fundamental misunderstanding in the way social media...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (June 5, 2015)

From Around the Web - How to Find a Mentor as an Attorney: Here’s a look at what a mentor can do for you, and how to go about finding a person to guide you in your career as a lawyer. (

Employers & The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Has Sweet v. LinkedIn Signaled the Next Wave of Social Media Driven Change?

Most employers are at least generally familiar with the The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). FCRA protects consumers whose information is disclosed by consumer reporting agencies. In the employment context, FCRA regulates...more

N.D. Cal. Judge Puts a Check on Plaintiff’s Novel LinkedIn Background Check Theory Under FCRA

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has recently spawned an unprecedented number of class action complaints against employers for allegedly failing to comply with FCRA’s hyper-technical disclosure and consent...more

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